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Services: Bonding, Bridges, Crowns, Extractions, Fillings, Implants, Nitrous Oxide, Panorex, Periodontal Treatment, Porcelain Veneers, Root Canals, Sealants, Teeth Whitening, Teeth Bleaching, Bleaching Trays, Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, GeneralDentistry. We have integrated technology throughout our state-of-the- art facility to provide maximum quality of care for all patients from the greater Charlotte metropolitan area.
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Dental ImplantsImplants are artificial tooth roots that are anchored into the jaw bone. After an initial period of healing, they are used to secure first temporary and then final "teeth".
BridgesDuring the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual's case. If the dental bridge is a fixed (permanent) bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to make sure it is fitting properly. After a couple weeks, the bridge is permanently cemented into place.
Resin CompositeBonding is a multi-layered process (tooth-like substance) in which durable, enamel-like composite resins are intricately applied to the tooth before it is exposed to a special light. The result may change the tooth's shape or color, increase its size or repair a defect.
Gold RestorationsYou should be entitled to either 100 percent coverage or some form of premium credit. By coordinating benefits, you can eliminate being penalized or denied coverage when the two plans have conflicting exclusions. It is not unusual to be eligible for dual benefits. You may be covered under your company's plan as well as under that of your spouse's employer. In analyzing your options, make sure to look for a plan that allows coordination of benefits. Dentists participating in closed panel or capitation plans may have select hours to see plan patients. They may schedule appointments for these patients on given days, or at specified hours of the day, restricting your access. Some dentist's fees for seeing you on weekends or during emergencies are high than those the plan allows. You may be required to pay additional costs yourself. If you select these types of plans, have a clear understanding of your dentist's policies as well as the plan's dentist-to-patient ratio. It's the best way to ensure your access to care is not unduly restricted and that you are not surprised by higher fees the plan does not cover. Some plans limit referrals to specialists. Your dentist may be required to refer you to a limited selection of specialists who have contracted with the plan's third party. You also may be required to get permission from the plan administrator before being referred to a specialist. If you choose a plan with these limitations, make sure qualified specialists are available in your area. Look for a plan with a broad selection of different types of specialists. If you have children, you may prefer a plan that allows a pediatric dentist to be your child's primary care dentist. Since specialized treatment is generally more costly than routine care, some plans discourage the use of specialists. While many general practitioners are qualified to perform some specialized services, complex procedures often require the skills of a dentist with special training. Discuss the options with your dentist before deciding who is best qualified to deliver treatment. --fixed bridges, partial dentures and removable or fixed dentures. --either surgical placement or restoration --treatment including retainers, braces and/or diagnostic materials. --treatment of complicated periodontal disease requiring surgery involving bones, underlying tissues or bone grafts. --removal of impacted teeth and complex oral surgery procedures. --gold restorations and individual crowns Since dental benefits encourage you to get preventive care, which often eliminates the need for major dental work, most plans are not generous when it comes to paying for major dental work, most plans cover less than 50 percent of the cost of major treatment. Most plans limit the benefits--both in number of procedures and dollar amount--that are covered in a given year. Be aware of these restrictions when choosing your plan and as you and your dentist develop treatment best suited for you. Major dental care inc
VeneersVeneers are thin pre-shaped shells made of tooth-colored materials that are designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are fabricated by a dental technician, usually in a commercial dental laboratory, from the impression provided by the dental office. Veneers are used to cover gaps or teeth that are stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
CrownsA crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth.
Root Canal TreatmentBadly decayed and broken down teeth are saved with Root Canal Therapy, often times in one visit. A small opening in the top of the tooth is made to remove any infection within the tooth. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
DenturesA bridge, or a fixed partial denture, is a restoration which replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. There are two types of bridges - fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist. A removable bridge can be taken out at home for cleaning.
Tooth WhiteningMost common are yellow-brown to dark brown stains that probably originate from food debris that has undergone a Maillard type of chemical reaction. These stains usually bleach quite readily. A yellowish discoloration, whether due to aging or tobacco smoke, likewise responds well to bleaching. Like calculus and plaque accumulations, extrinsic stains generally build up in areas not adequately cleaned. Yellow stain is generally caused by an accumulation of dental plaque, food stain and poor oral hygiene.
General DentistryVoters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Border-line cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a dentist has received, status in various dental academies (Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, etc.) can play a factor in our decision.
Teeth CleaningIn fact, most dental benefits plans require patients to assume a greater portion of the costs for treatment of dental disease than for preventive procedures. By placing an emphasis on prevention, and by covering regular teeth cleaning and check-ups, Americans saved nearly $100 billion in dental care costs during the 1980s.
Dental SealantsPlastic materials that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Their purpose is to protect specific decay-prone areas.
Dental ExaminationDental management for patients treated with IV bisphosphonates primarily focuses on prevention of osteonecrosis. Prior to the start of IV bisphosphonate therapy, patients should have a thorough clinical and radiographic dental examination with elimination of infectious sources including extraction of compromised teeth, optimization of periodontal health, caries removal, eliminating sharp restorations, and evaluation of prosthodontic appliances. (1'2)
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Periodontal SurgeryTwenty-five percent of cases have been reported to occur spontaneously, while 38 percent of cases were related to tooth extraction, 29 percent with existing periodontal disease, 4 percent after periodontal surgery, and three percent after dental implant placement. The incidence of osteonecrosis for patients receiving IV bisphosphonates appears to range between 5-13 percent, with the incidence increasing after six months of therapy. (1,2)
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